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Across the Universe (PG-13)
With a soundtrack based on The Beatles songbook and a title and characters named after Beatles' songs, this musical tells a story of love and protest set in the '60s. Not reviewed Picture Show
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (R)
This sequel to 2004's AVP: Aliens vs. Predator finds a flock of aliens and predators facing off in another heated battle after a spaceship crashes in Gunnison. Not reviewed Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown
*Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG)
It's cute. Actually, it's indescribably adorable as the chipmunks croon "Had a Bad Day" in falsetto while they stash away nuts for the winter. For a flick with enormous potential for driving you screaming from the theater, it's robustly not-awful. MaryAnn Johanson

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown
*American Gangster (R)
Russell Crowe plays a rough-edged, working-class cop who's trying to better himself by studying law at night. Denzel Washington is a ruthless lord of the streets. And you can't forget them. MaryAnn Johanson Picture Show
Bee Movie (PG)
Jerry Seinfeld provides the voice of Barry Benson, a bee just graduated from college in Hive City. The film boasts a fair number of funny individual jokes. What it lacks is any idea how to tie them all together. Scott Renshaw Picture Show
Bella (PG-13)
A former soccer star and a waitress overcome odds and come together through the power of love and kindness. Not reviewed Picture Show
Charlie Wilson's War (R)
Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) is a congressman whose pleasures in life are drinking, women and serving America. His interest is piqued by news of Afghan rebels fighting the Soviet army. Turning this nonfiction story into what is essentially a comedy was a bold choice and not a particularly wise one. Scott Renshaw Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown
*Dan in Real Life (PG-13)
Steve Carell stars as an advice columnist in this film about family and it's about family in a more genuine way than most movies are able to manage. Jeff Sneider Picture Show

*Enchanted (PG)
The sweet silliness of the collective Disney-animated, fairy-tale landscape meets the rough reality of Noo Yawk City. Why didn't someone think of this sooner? Enchanted can't go wrong. MaryAnn Johanson Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown
Fred Claus (PG)
Vince Vaughn plays Santa's not-so-warm-and-fuzzy older brother as they are reunited at the North Pole. Not reviewed Picture Show

The Game Plan (PG)
A professional football player and confirmed bachelor discovers that he has a 7-year-old daughter as the result of an earlier fling. Not reviewed Picture Show
The Golden Compass (PG-13)
You're probably aware that some religious groups have worked themselves into a lather over The Golden Compass, armed with the knowledge author Philip Pullman is an avowed atheist. As it turns out, no one really needed to be so concerned ... The Golden Compass manages to make heterodoxy as boring as ass. Scott Renshaw Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown

*The Great Debaters (PG-13)
This is the predictable, and predictably heartwarming, tale of a debate team from a small black college in Texas during the Great Depression that takes on the snobby white boys of Hahvahd University. Though we've seen underdog stories like this before, this one's a winner. MaryAnn Johanson

Carmike 10, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown Hitman (R)
After becoming entangled in an international conspiracy, an assassin called Agent 47 finds himself being chased by Russian soldiers and Interpol agents in this film based on a video game character. Not reviewed Picture Show
*I Am Legend (PG-13)
In 2012 Manhattan, Robert Neville (Will Smith) appears to be the only survivor of a virus. There aren't many actors like Smith, who can carry a quiet drama like The Pursuit of Happyness and a science-fiction blockbuster like I, Robot, but he combines those two personas here for an involving portrait of a guy trying to convince himself there's a reason to stay alive. Scott Renshaw Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Cinemark 16 IMAX, Tinseltown

*Juno (PG-13)
Juno MacGuff, a 16-year-old high school junior, finds herself pregnant after a one-afternoon-stand with her heretofore platonic pal and opts to give her baby up for adoption. Everyone seems to agree the film is smart and funny, but it is also purely, unpredictably sweet. Scott Renshaw

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Kimball's Twin Peak, Tinseltown *The Kite Runner (PG-13)
This film, which begins in Kabul in 1978, features Amir and Hassan, two boys who spend their days going to the cinema and flying their kites over city rooftops until something bad happens. It is one of the very best films of 2007, and one that perfectly puts a stamp on our confusing and distressing times. Mary Ann Johanson Kimball's Twin Peak
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G)
When the eccentric owner of a magical toy store (Dustin Hoffman) turns his store over to its manager (Natalie Portman), changes begin to take place. Not reviewed Picture Show
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (PG)
When a missing page of John Wilkes Booth's diary is found, Nicolas Cage launches a search for the truth behind Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Not reviewed Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown
*No Country for Old Men (R)
This tale begins with a simple man making a simple but stupid decision. He stumbles upon a heroin deal-turned-bloodbath with $2 million still at hand. When he grabs the money and runs, he immediately becomes the target of Anton Chigurh, a relentless killing machine. Scott Renshaw Chapel Hills 15
P.S. I Love You (PG-13)
After her husband dies, a young woman discovers he left behind messages to help her move on with life. Not reviewed

Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown Resident Evil: Extinction (R)
Survivors of the apocalypse must cross the desert of Nevada and fight killer zombies and other creatures to avoid extinction. Not reviewed

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (R)
A London barber (Johnny Depp) forms a sinister alliance with his neighbor in this musical based on the hit Stephen Sondheim musical. Not reviewed

Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown *Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (R)
This flick, a sendup of music biopics, surprisingly manages to walk the fine line between stupid and clever. It looks with a critical moue at how we celebrate bad behavior, and how we approach pop culture on the whole. MaryAnn Johanson Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (PG)
This screen adaptation of the popular children's novel follows a young boy who has vowed to protect the hatchling of a mysterious egg. Not reviewed Carmike 10, Chapel Hills 15, Cinemark 16, Tinseltown


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